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Estonia and US sign digital transformation development declaration

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Estonia and the United States have signed a joint declaration aimed at enhancing bilateral cooperation on digital transformation in development cooperation partner countries, the foreign ministry says. Bonnie Glick, Deputy Administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), joined foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) in signing the statement, which will see both countries aim to share experiences and best practices from both public and the private sectors in digital…

Dutch company Van Oord buys stake in Saare Wind Energy

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Dutch marine and offshore services contractor Van Oord has become a shareholder in Saare Wind Energy, a company developing the Saaremaa offshore wind farm. Saare Wind Energy is developing a 200 km2 area south-west of Saaremaa. Van Oord said the area could facilitate an offshore wind farm of over 1,000 MW and the development of the wind farm started in 2015. “The Saaremaa offshore wind farm location offers a unique opportunity…

Estonia: Ministry wants to tighten identification regulations on pre-paid SIM cards

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Pre-paid, contract-free, unverified mobile SIM cards could be a thing of the past, if the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications gets its way. The ministry wants to ban the products, available in kiosks and other stores for a few euros, in their current guise, citing user identification issues and the fact that such cards are often used by criminals. While the ministry has proposed amends to the Electronic Communications…

Vilnius turns into Sweden for Netflix crime drama – in photos

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

With historical cars and Swedish shop-names, the producers behind a six-part crime drama for Netflix have turned the Lithuanian capital into Stockholm. “We are very proud for the still-classified Swedish project which was [bought] by Netflix,” Gabija Siurbytė, head of Lithuania’s Dansu production house, was quoted in a press release by Vilnius City Municipality. “I can’t reveal the details of the film, and I can’t wait to tell you more,”…

Health Ministry mulls change in COVID-19 testing order

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Ministry of Health intends to change the COVID-19 testing procedures, said Antra Valdmane, director of the Health Ministry’s Healthcare Department, on Latvian Television October 21. It is intended to offer state-paid testing only to individuals who have a doctor’s referral indicating the need for a test. However, if this change affected the numbers of tests significantly and there was a sharp decline, the system could be changed again rapidly,…

Tallink CEO: Tallink alone cannot subsidize Estonian export

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Entrepreneurs are blaming Tallink for a sudden hike in export prices and have said they deal a blow to industries across Estonia. Tallink Group CEO Paavo Nõgene said the price increase is temporary and due to travel restrictions as the shipping line has to stay afloat. The Association of Construction Material Producers of Estonia (EETL) sent a letter to Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center), Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications…

Minister of Finance: Second pillar pension reform to be launched as planned

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Ministry of Finance has said the second pillar pension reform will enter into force according to the previously established plan after the Supreme Court of Estonia said on Tuesday that it did not find any conflicts with the Constitution. “Today’s decision of the Supreme Court confirmed what we already knew. It is important to bring additional freedom and new choices to the second pillar to diversify collection opportunities,” Minister…

Estonian SEB: Aim of pension reform should be feeling of security in future

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Head of the Estonian branch of SEB Life and Pension Baltic Triin Messimas said that the aim of a pension reform should be foremost to ensure the feeling of future financial security of the people. “This requires greater trust in the system’s functioning, its stability and sustainability. Foremost, I invite the parties involved to discuss the aspect of making the accumulation and payout solutions more flexible,” Messimas said on Tuesday.…

Estonia: 20 percent of people to withdraw money from second pillar

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The results of the monitoring of Kantar Emor’s pension reform in October show that 51 percent of people who joined the second pillar intend to continue but 21 percent of respondents plan to withdraw their money. Those who would withdraw the money said they would mainly use it to repay loans or for home-related expenses, such as repairs. The aggregate data, which questioned more than 8,100 Pillar II users, showed…

Estonian president signs pension reform bill

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

President Kersti Kaljulaid has promulgated a controversial bill which reforms the Estonian pension scheme, after her Supreme Court appeal on the law was rejected. “It is the duty of the head of state in the Republic of Estonia to see to it that our legislative practice was in the constitutional track. One goes to the Supreme Court not to win or lose, but to achieve legal clarity,” the president said…